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ON THIS DAY …….4th August 1945

Inquest into the death of 24-year-old WAAAF Corporal Vera Matilda Wiper, of Adelaide, was opened before Coroner Tingate today.

Corporal Wipers body, covered by an overcoat, was found by a milk carter at Auburn on July 15. Five women and two men who have been charged with her murder, were present in Court. They are: 56-year-old widow Ruby Carlos, and 26-year-old married woman Iris Carlos, both of South Yarra; 32-year-old married woman Lillian Halsinger, of Northcote; 25 year-old WAAAF Alice Pearson, and her mother, 49-year-old Josephine Pearson, of Auburn; 37-year-old assistant Health Inspector James Loughnan, of Richmond, and 25-year-old Flight-Lieut James Henry Greaves.

Flight-Sergeant Raymond Atkinson, R.A.A-F.. said that he went to the Pearson home about 8 p.m. on July 13. -Corporal Wiper was there, also Mr. and Mrs. Pearson and Loughnan. During the evening Corporal Wiper and Loughnan left, and he did not see her again. Soon after this evidence was given, Mrs. Ruby Carlos became ill and was absent from Court for a quarter of an hour. Dr. Wright Smith said that an autopsy revealed that death was due to shock following an attempted illegal operation. Corporal Wiper’s condition was advanced about four months. Death had taken place about 24 hours before he made his examination oh July 15.

 

ON THIS DAY – July 15, 1945

The jury returned a verdict of not guilty when Mrs. Ruby Nina Carlos, 56, of Myrtle-street, South Yarra, a widow, was charged with the murder of Corporal Vera Matilda Wiper. W.A.A.A.F., 23, of Adelaide. A previous jury had failed to agree on the verdict. Corporal Wiper’s body, was found in Burgess-street, Hawthorn, on July 15. A post-mortem examination revealed that death was due to shock, following an attempted illegal operation. The jury, in reply to questions, said they agreed the accused woman had used an instrument on the girl to procure miscarriage, but they did not believe death had resulted from this action. Mr. Justice Gavin Duffy then directed them to return a verdict of not guilty.

ON THIS DAY – July 9, 1927

CHARGE OF MURDER – Other Serious Offences Alleged

Following the death of a young woman at the Women’s Hospital early yesterday morning, Mary Adeline Le Neve, aged 45 years home duties, of Wattletree road, Armadale, appeared later in the morning at the City Court charged with having murdered Annie Florence Tregear, with having on July 9 illegally used an instrument on a woman and having on July 12 illegally used an instrument on another woman. The bench was occupied by Mr A A Kelley PM and Messrs T O’Callaghan, E Campbell W Brookes, and G Remfrey, J P’s Detective Grieves said: -In company with Detectives O’Keeffe and Sloan I went to Le Neve’s home in Wattletree road Armadale, on Saturday. In the front bedroom we found a young woman named Annie Florence Tregear in bed. We had her removed to the Women’s Hospital, where she died this morning. It is also alleged that two other young women on July 9 and July 12 respectively visited Le Neve’s house and that she illegally used an instrument upon them. One of the women is now an inmate of the Women’s Hospital and the other is at her home I ask that Le Neve be remanded to appear at the City Court on July 26 The application was granted  Le Neve, who was, brought to the court from the Melbourne Hospital to which she was admitted on Saturday, made no application for bail and was helped from the dock to the cells.

ON THIS DAY – June 16, 1910

MELBOURNE

In the case of Victoria Florence Williams, who died on June 16, in the Homoeopathic Hospital, the Coroner recorded a verdict of death from blood poisoning following an illegal operation, and committed the mother of deceased (Mrs Victoria Mary Williams) for trial on a charge of wilful murder. Detective Sainesbury stated that, on June 14, in company with Detective Coonan, he visited the Homoeopathic Hospital, and took Miss Williams’ dyinp depositions, in the presence of Dr. Hart and Nurse Grey. The girl stated that she had been in a certain condition, and that her mother had operated upon her. She described the operation with considerable detail, adding that her mother had pledged her to secrecy.

 

ON THIS DAY ……. 3rd June 1929

Ellen Theresa Madden, single, aged 19 years of Washington street, Essendon, died at the Women’s Hospital on June 3 from peritonitis caused by an illegal operation which had been performed on her a few days previously by persons whom the police had not traced. The coroner (Mr. D. Giant) held an inquest yesterday and found that she had been murdered by some person or persons unknown.

On this day ……… 30th of May 1911

At the Ballarat Supreme Court, Louisa Rooke was charged with the murder on May 30 of Ellen Maud Wilson. The evidence was, practically a repetition of that given at the inquest. lt was alleged that accused performed an illegal operation. The defence was that the injuries were self inflicted. The jury found accused guilty and she was sentenced to death.

 

ON THIS DAY – 16th December 1898

The nude body of an unknown young woman, which was found floating in a box in the Yarra River near Chapel-street Bridge on the 16th December 1898, had, it is estimated, been in the water for about a week. Deliberate murder was first suspected, but the post-mortem examination conducted by Dr. Neild indicates that death resulted from the use of chloroform administered, it is supposed, for the purpose of performing an illegal operation.

The box was first seen by some boys, one of whom, having previously had experience of a coroner’s court, had his suspicions aroused by the way it was floating, and reported the matter to the police. The box, when dragged ashore, was found weighted with a heavy stone tied on by a strong wire clothesline. In pulling the box ashore they broke a portion of the side away, revealing the foot and leg of a human being. On arrival at the morgue the body was found to be bunched into the box, the head being forced into one corner, and the whole tied parcel wise with a clothesline. There was no clothing on the body, but a flour bag was loosely wrapped round it. The bag is branded “Alex Clement, Snowdrop patent roller flour, Wangaratta.” The body was finely developed, and is that of a woman under 30. The hair is closely cropped, and the fingers covered with needlemarks. Identification is likely to prove difficult, as the features are distorted in addition to being in a decomposed state. Every indication leads to the belief that the deed was committed under the influence of chloroform, probably as an illegal operation was about to be committed, the woman being enciente. The stomach has been forwarded to Dr. Blackett, the Government Analyst, to make sure that suffocation was not caused by the action of poison.

 

ON THIS DAY – December 9, 1911

 

An inquest on the body of Mrs, Lilian May Ellen Holditch, aged 24. who died n the Wimmera Hospital on December 9, disclosed evidence of an illegal operation. Mary Ann Parker, a married woman, was committed on a charge of wilful murder. Bail of £200 was allowed.

ON THIS DAY – December 3, 1908

MELBOURNE

An inquest was held on the body of Bertha Elizabeth Whitford, a domestic servant, 29 years of age, who was admitted to the Melbourne Hospital on November the 30th, and died in that institution on December the 3rd. The Coroner, in his finding, said “the death of the deceased was undoubtedly due to blood poisoning brought on by an operation, and the evidence points to Florence Hope as being the person who performed the operation, and I find that the cause of death was blood poisoning, and that Florence Hope is guilty of wilful murder. Mrs. Hope was committed for trial at the Supreme Court criminal sitting to be held on February the 15th next. Bail in accused’s own recognisance of £200 and on a surety of £200 was allowed.

ON THIS DAY – November 9, 1930

A charge of having murdered Vera Wakeling at Windsor on November 9 was preferred against Dr. Albert Wilbur Bretherton, of Prahran, at the City Court to-day.

Bretherton was remanded. Detective Saker said he had arrested Bretherton on a charge of malpractice. Since then the girl had died, and in her dying depositions had said Bretherton had performed an operation on her.

 

 

 

ON THIS DAY…… 4th September 1934

On the 4th of September 1934, Florence Lillian Thrower, of Orrong crescent, Caulfield, was charged with the murder of Ivy Winifred Rose McDonnell at Mooroopna on the 1st of July. The prosecution alleged that

Mrs. McDonnell died as a result of an illegal operation.

 

 

ON THIS DAY …….4th August 1945

Inquest into the death of 24-year-old WAAAF Corporal Vera Matilda Wiper, of Adelaide, was opened before Coroner Tingate today.

Corporal Wipers body, covered by an overcoat, was found by a milk carter at Auburn on July 15. Five women and two men who have been charged with her murder, were present in Court. They are: 56-year-old widow Ruby Carlos, and 26-year-old married woman Iris Carlos, both of South Yarra; 32-year-old married woman Lillian Halsinger, of Northcote; 25 year-old WAAAF Alice Pearson, and her mother, 49-year-old Josephine Pearson, of Auburn; 37-year-old assistant Health Inspector James Loughnan, of Richmond, and 25-year-old Flight-Lieut James Henry Greaves.

Flight-Sergeant Raymond Atkinson, R.A.A-F.. said that he went to the Pearson home about 8 p.m. on July 13. -Corporal Wiper was there, also Mr. and Mrs. Pearson and Loughnan. During the evening Corporal Wiper and Loughnan left, and he did not see her again. Soon after this evidence was given, Mrs. Ruby Carlos became ill and was absent from Court for a quarter of an hour. Dr. Wright Smith said that an autopsy revealed that death was due to shock following an attempted illegal operation. Corporal Wiper’s condition was advanced about four months. Death had taken place about 24 hours before he made his examination oh July 15.